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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Daughter confident over defector's return

The daughter of an American man who has spent more than one-third of his life in Russian psychiatric hospitals said she is confident that her father will be allowed to return to the United States.


Cynthia Hamilton of Union City, Georgia said in a telephone interview that the family of Victor Norris Hamilton, 75, is "waiting to hear from Russian officials as to whether they will allow him to come home".


"I feel very confident that they will", she said. "We are praying for his release soon. We just want to get him out of that place".


Hamilton said that she and her mother, Lillie Hamilton, will come to Moscow "as soon as we hear of an official decision between the two governments. When we come, we want to bring him back home".


Her father was discovered last week in Hospital No. 5 southwest of Moscow. Victor Hamilton has reportedly been languishing in hospitals since he defected in 1962. A former code analyst for the U. S. National Security Agency, he was dismissed in 1959 for psychiatric reasons.


The daughter said, "Russian doctors at the hospital say that he can come home".


Sen. Sam Nunn's office, the State Department and the U. S. Embassy in Moscow have been "very supportive" about helping Hamilton return to the United States, she said.